House Of Reps Bemoans Deplorable State Of South-east Roads

House of Representatives in Nigeria kick against removal of JegaThe House of Representatives Committee on Works says the deplorable condition of the federal roads in the southeast is a major source of worry, considering the economic potentials wasting due to poor road infrastructure.

The chairman of the committee, Honourable Tobi Okechukwu, made the remarks during an oversight tour of federal roads in the southeast zone.

Lawmakers discovered that some of the challenges militating against road construction in the area include poor funding and issues concerning contract awards.

The members of the committee resolved to ensure that some of the roads especially the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Anambra State axis and the Otuocha-Nzam-Kogi roads in the same state must be captured in the 2017 budget.

They also requested for an outright commencement of the project to ease the burden on the hapless citizens in the area.

Federal roads including the 18.5 kilometer stretch between Umunya and Amawbia on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Oba-Nnewi Highway, Nnewi-Amichi-Uga federal highway and the 34 kilometers Otuocha-Nzam-Kogi highway were assessed.

The wear and the tear and even gully erosion gradually eating up the roads are evidences raising concerns that if something immediate and tangible was not done, the next rainy season may usher in massive disaster on the roads.

According to the Anambra State Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Chinwuba, who received the committee members, Enugu-Onitsha expressway is the worst of all the roads.

He told the lawmakers that the state governor had spent 232 million Naira in carrying out palliatives on the Umunya-Amawbia axis on the Enugu Onitsha expressway and on the Otoucha-Nzam-Kogi road for this yuletide season. Mr Chinwuba also expressed worries over the effect of the bad roads on the agricultural and commercial potentials in the state.

At Otoucha-Nzam-Kogi project site where the state government is carrying a palliative measure, the House of Representatives Member for Anambra East and Anambra West federal Constituency,  Mr Tony Nwoye, while commending the state for the initiative, lamented the effect of the bad road on his people and assured residents in the area that the committee would ensure the project was captured on the 2017 budget.

Summarising his findings, the Chairman of the Committee said federal roads in the southeast were in serious deplorable condition and must be attended to immediately.

“Funding and contractual challenges are major setbacks in road projects rather than issues of terrain,” he said.

The team also visited Nnewi-Amichi-Uga highway where the contractor complained of funds, pointing out that if provided, he would deliver the road by May 2017.

The committee chairman on behalf of the members assured residents and interest groups that all information they have gathered from the tour would reflect in further actions that would be taken on road infrastructural activities.

Anambra Infrastructure: Obiano Empowers 150 Youths

Obiano Commissions Daily Road Maintenance Project In Anambra

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has put together 150 youths from across the three senatorial zones of the state to handle a daily road maintenance project.

The youths were fully trained and equipped to see to the maintenance of roads in all the streets and towns in Anambra State in south-east Nigeria.

Speaking at an event in Awka, Governor Obiano said that the initiative was to enhance good roads and safety of lives.

He added that it would also extend the life span of vehicles plying the roads, stressing that there would not be jerks and bumps.

The Governor promised that the youths would be adequately remunerated, but he reminded them to work diligently.

He called on the 21 Local government administrations to be involved and give their support to the youths to make the laudable project work.

Governor Obiano also stressed that the project would be beneficial to the citizens of the state.

He also inspected the mode of operation to ascertain the professionalism of the workers.

After the inspection, he expressed satisfaction with their performance.

In his speech, the Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area, Azubuike Iloh, said the project would elevate the state to having the best of roads when fully operational at a minimum cost.

The Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Chinwuba, also told the gathering that the project would help in the area of youth empowerment.

To ensure a smooth take off, the Anambra State government also procured different equipment to tackle the job headlong from the simple tools of barrows, head pans and rakes, to the mechanised equipment of cutters, cement mixers, buses, tankers and earth-moving machines.


Obiano Commissions Nkpor To Amawbia Road In Anambra

governor obianoThe 28.2 kilometer stretch of road from Nkpor to Amawbia, built at over nine billion naira has been commissioned in Anambra state.

Governor Willie Obiano, during the commissioning of the road at the Nkpor round about axis, commended the contractor for a quality job done.

The road which he says cuts across over seven communities which includes: Ogidi, Ogbunike, Umudioka, Umunnachi, Ukpo, Abagana, Enugwu-ukwu, Nawfia, among others, will bring huge relief for the people as traffic congestion which Nkpor Junction is known for will be a thing of the past.

The construction began in 2008, under Former Governor, Peter Obi’s administration which saw to the completion of about 13 kilometer of the road.

The governor said the commissioning was in line with his campaign promises of completing, commissioning and commencing new projects in the state.

Addressing the people, Governor Willie Obiano urged the surrounding communities and road users to take ownership of the road and avoid harmful practices that will reduce the life span of the road.

The state Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Chinwuba, explained that the road cost the state over nine billion naira and it has the full compliments of a standard road infrastructure with the lighting project to be completed soon.

The governor also commissioned the two point one kilometer PHCN road at Awada Obosi.

Governor Obiano also commissioned the 1.2 kilometer PHCN road at Awada Layout, Obosi, with its appurtenances which cost 490 million naira.